Kurieuo wrote:I think America's williness to use an atomic bomb, and not simply that, but rather conduct tests thereafter at places like Bakini Atoll which ruined the people there who trusted the good 'ol US of A -- that there is in fact a prevaling superiority complex that the US as a whole.
This dehumanises other nations, which are full of people, often considered by many as an, "oh, but they're over in that side of the world which is a craphole anyway." Like that is justification for taking advantage in whatever way we can to further our own Western nations.
The extent of such nationalistic pride, which I'd otherwise encourage in any nation, I see as being in direct opposition against an Imago Dei theology. That is, an understanding of all human beings being made in the image of God, no matter where they are located, the colour of their skin, or what nation they grew up in or belong to. It is this dehumanisation of others that is inherent in an extreme Nationalism, and that is immoral and can pull out the rug from a love your neighbour (someone in another nation) as yourself.
One can take pride in their country for many positive things. I guess, like I previously mentioned Phil, there's nothing wrong with pride in moderation, same with nationalistic pride. But, when its used like by the Japanese to think themselves a supreme race, or by Nazi Germany in some master race, or America who believe it is their right to reign supreme and do as they please in places like the Middle East no matter the cost to others, then such falls out of sync with Christ, His teachings, and also an understanding of Christ's Church which is comprised of a people without boundaries.
I think the rest of the world under-estimates how we Americans feel and they take it the wrong way that we have patriotism and even nationalistic pride in the US.I mean the American people themselves have been appalled at the direction our country has been going in for a very long time,so much so that it was hard to be patriotic.
I mean liberalism has done so much damage to America that it was hard to feel patriotic toward America but we always prayed that things would change and it seems they are now with Trump as the President. It really seems like we are finally cleaning up the mess left by liberalism and neocons in our government.
I think that alot of Americans bought in to the idea of this "War on Terrorism" after 9/11 and we really thought we were doing it for the right reasons,meddling in the Middle east,like Iraq,etc. But overtime we have come to realize that we were decieved.
You see the American people are proud that we have the most powerful Military on earth but we really want to use that power for good,like a Super Hero to protect us and our friends and allies and we don't like the idea of using our military to fight proxy wars in the Middle East or anywhere really.
We want to use the power we have for good like a Super Hero that rescues you if/when you need it,like Super Man.
Yet we know our power has been abused but we could do nothing at the time to change anything and we now have the chance to change things and to get back to using our military for good instead of bad for money-hungry "neocons" in our Goverment who make money off of fighting wars and it has absolutely nothing to do with keeping America safe or our allies,but money. We are now changing things for the better and so we hope the rest of the world acknowledges it and even forgives us.
Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,despising the shame,and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2nd Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,lest the light of this glorious gospel of Christ,who is the image of God,should shine unto them.